Monday, January 12, 2015

On the Road Again

After a couple years spent largely at home, I’m going to spend 2015 traveling for work and not to especially exciting areas. Small towns can be charming, but I’m not excited about spending 75% of the year in hotels with extremely limited dining and entertainment options.

As a reader there’s an added challenge – How many books do I pack?  And which books? 

The travel should afford me the opportunity to read quite a bit this year, but I already have an over-packing problem and books are heavy.

bags of books

I’ll be home each weekend so I can restock, but I’m a mood reader so I need to have options.  And I do have a lot of ebooks, but there are times when I want a physical book.  Especially when I’m traveling because books are comforting to me in a way that my phone/ipad aren’t.

Now smell itnothing smells like that

I’m actually started 2 ebooks before leaving for this trip, but I haven’t felt like reading them (and I was enjoying both). 

So for week one – I brought

  • Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink by Kim Gruenenfelder
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

I’m happy with my choices for this week.  I was in the mood for something light and decided on Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink.  Hopefully I’m as happy with my choices going forward.

Anyone have any tips for books/travel?  Hopefully at the end of the year I’ll have some tips to share.


  1. Oh man, I am a total ebook convert. Especially when I travel (which is not frequent). I don't know if this is just a me thing, but I vastly prefer reading on a dedicated e-reader than I do on phone/tablet sort of devices. I have the Kindle Paperwhite and it feels less like a computer and more like a book. I don't know if looking into something like that would be a good solution or not.

    1. A dedicated e-reader might help - I have a little ADD (seriously) and if I'm reading on my phone or Ipad I can get distracted by push notifications from other apps.

      I wish I was coming your direction - would be more interesting and fun to meet! But it's all road trip travel. Four hours away max. Bonus is that means Gizmo (dog) gets to come with. Although I have road tripped to Houston, TX with him - for fun not work.

  2. P.S. If you come my way, let me know!